Tasty times to come …

When it comes to food, Northumberland has some amazing suppliers.  Throughout the county there are a large number of companies … big and small … producing a wide range of food and drink, much of it based on local produce.

Image of Fresh salmon with vegetables - ready to eat, ready to cook.

Fresh local salmon

You can experience these tasty treats by visiting some of the food festivals during your stay at South Meadows.  Held locally, these festivals celebrate the best of Northumberland’s food and drink and offer you the chance to taste and buy.

 

24th & 25th June – Taste of the North – Alnwick

Alnwick welcome you to A Taste of the North … the third time they have run this annual event.  After a successful two years, the event will be bigger than ever before … a celebration of local foods, crafts and entertainment in the Market Place of the historic town of Alnwick.

image of Alnwick food festival

Alnwick food festival

This event is very much community driven and well supported by local businesses in Alnwick.  With refreshments at the event and in the cafes around the Market Place and elsewhere in Alnwick … it’s a complete day out for everyone.

Over 40 exhibitors are expected, bringing everything from burgers and sausages to olives and jams.  Check out the event here … http://www.alnwickmarkets.co.uk/a-taste-of-the-north/

 

20th July – Mouth of the Tweed Festival – Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick-upon-Tweed is England’s most northerly town with an exciting and, at times, a volatile history.  In the surrounding area of unspoiled landscapes and heritage coastline, a wide variety of food and drink are produced.

This will be celebrated in the sixth annual Mouth of the Tweed Festival of local food and drink.

Based at the historic riverside location in the town, there will be sales stalls and street food stands offering a wide range of food and drink all produced within a 16 mile radius of the town.

Image of stalls at the Mouth of the Tweed festival

Mouth of the Tweed festival

The produce from the area includes crabs, lobsters and oysters, artisan breads, farmhouse cheeses and ice-cream, honey from hives set in the fields and hills on either side of the English-Scottish Border as well as local beers.

The town itself is full of reminders of its food-producing heritage – old salmon fishing shiels and ice-houses, herring yards and smokehouses, breweries, granaries and maltings.

There is more information here http://www.mouthofthetweed.co.uk/index.html

 

1st, 2nd and 3rd September – Berwick Food and Beer Festival – Berwick upon Tweed

Also in Berwick, this festival is now in its 10th year.  The festival is a must for anyone interested in great tasting food and beer.

Organised by Slow Food Berwick, and held in the magnificent surroundings of the towns 18th Century barracks, the  entrance fee to the festival also grants you access to the museums many informative exhibits.

There is something for everyone over the weekend , in addition to over 80 stalls of the finest local produce and local beers but also a selection of wine, champagne and cocktails too.  There are cookery demonstrations, information stands , an animal farm, foodie films, and live music.

Image of Produce stall Berwick

Produce stall Berwick

The youngsters are not left out either with activities such as sweet & savoury mug cake making and fruit kebabs especially designed for them and FREE of charge making it a great day out from South Meadows.

All the details can be found here https://www.berwickfoodandbeerfestival.co.uk/

 

Later in September 2017, there is also the Alnwick Food Festival.  The festival is centred upon the town’s historic Market Place between Fenkle Street and Bondgate Within.  We’ll give some more information about this nearer the time.